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May 18  |  Nick Patterson
Everett general manager Garry Davidson said Monday he expects Auston Matthews to make a decision this week on where he will play during the 2015-16 season.



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May 18  |  Nick Patterson
Washington State governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign a bill that exempts WHL players from the state's minimum wage and child labor regulations Monday afternoon.



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May 12  |  Nick Patterson
Auston Matthews' future remains up in the air. The superstar prospect is now considering three options for playing next season: Everett, the NCAA and the Swiss professional league. There were reports over the weekend that he had already signed with a Swiss team, then those were refuted by statements from Matthews and his "adviser."



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May 11  |  Nick Patterson
The speculation on where Auston Matthews will play in 2015-16 has reached a fever pitch, with three potential paths now on the table. It appears that Matthews will make a decision within the next week. What do you think his choice will be?

Where will Auston Matthews play in 2015-16?

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May 10  |  Nick Patterson
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. Unfortunately, this may not be the Mother's Day gift Silvertips fans were looking for.



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May 9  |  Nick Patterson
Here's something interesting.

The Hockey News is reporting that Silvertips prospect Auston Matthews is considering playing next season professionally in Switzerland rather than playing for Everett or an NCAA school.



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May 7  |  Nick Patterson Herald Writer
It was an eventful bantam draft day for the Silvertips. The Tips drafted 13 players and traded two players away. Everett's picks were:

Second round (40th overall): Brett Kemp, center, 5-9, 140, Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Third round (59th overall): Ian Walker, defenseman, 6-1, 155, Vancouver, B.C.
Third round (62nd overall): Montana Onyebuchi, defenseman, 6-1, 180, Dugald, Manitoba
Fourth round (67th overall): Ryan Savage, center, 5-10, 162, Scottsdale, Ariz.

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May 7  |  Nick Patterson Herald Writer
Everett swung a deal early during Thursday's bantam draft, sending Russian forward Ivan Nikolishin to Red Deer in exchange for a third-round pick (59th overall) in the current bantam draft and a conditional fourth rounder in 2017.



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May 6  |  Nick Patterson
The WHL bantam draft begins at 7:30 Thursday morning. For those interested in following along in real time, here's a list of resources.

1) The league always broadcasts the first round online. Everett doesn't have a first-round pick, but if you're interested anyway the video can be found on the WHL website.

2) The league also has a draft tracker that keeps up pretty close to the draft.

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May 6  |  Nick Patterson
We now know officially which picks Everett has in Thursday's bantam draft.



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May 5  |  Nick Patterson
Last year's bantam draft was a breakthrough for Snohomish County hockey players. Four local products were selected in the draft. That included the first two players ever drafted from Everett Youth Hockey as Lake Stevens defenseman Wyatt Wylie and Mukilteo winger Brendan Studioso were snapped up by the Tips. With Snohomish goaltender Dominick Vlaha (Tri-City) and Monroe forward Luke Ormsby (Seattle) also picked, there were more locals drafted in 2014 than there were total (three) in...

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May 4  |  Nick Patterson
The WHL bantam draft, which this year enters the new millennium as it disperses players born in 2000 among the WHL's 22 teams, takes place Thursday.



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April 29  |  Nick Patterson
The 2005 offseason was a huge one for the Silvertips. There was a steady stream of headline-making news that took place, including the resignation of general manager Doug Soetaert and the signing of Peter Mueller. I took about six vacation days total that offseason, yet all of the big news just happened to break on my off days, so I missed most of it.

This offseason could bring an equal amount of big news. I'm planning on taking a whole lot more vacation this offseason,...

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April 28  |  Nick Patterson
On Monday I wrote about the uncertainty surrounding Everett this offseason. There's all kinds of speculation about who will be here next season. That includes the questions about who will be back from this season's team, and I'll discuss those in depth below.

But lost in the shuffle has been one important question: Who will provide leadership next season?

Everett had a tremendous leadership group this season. The overage trio of Kohl Bauml, Ben Betker and...

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April 27  |  Nick Patterson
How good will the Silvertips be in 2015-16?

I haven't a clue.

Usually when a season ends it's pretty easy to project to the next season. There's usually a good idea about who's coming back, and there's usually a good idea about who's coming in. That doesn't necessarily mean those offseason projections are going to be right. Everett was projected to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the U.S. Division this season, but ended up winning the division title. That's the...

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April 26  |  Nick Patterson
When the WHL announced its all-star teams and awards finalists the week before the playoffs began, I went on an uncharacteristic rant.

That afternoon I was essentially out the door and headed to Everett's practice when I checked my e-mail one last time and found the WHL's press release in my inbox. I took a quick glance at the release and decided I was going to be late for practice. Everett was...

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April 25  |  Nick Patterson
Was the trio of Kohll Bauml, Ben Beker and Brayden Low the best overage group in Silvertips franchise history? Probably not. Don't get me wrong, it was a good group. Bauml scored 30 goals and was named the team's MVP. Betker was a horse on defense and earned an NHL contract. Low was as good a character guy as one could ask for. But as a group they probably didn't have quite as much impact on the game as a couple previous groups, including last season's trio of Joshua Winquist,...

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April 24  |  Nick Patterson
I've been doing this a long time.

I was hired by the Herald in 2003 specifically to cover the new hockey team that was about to start play, so I've been here from the beginning. I had the good fortune to witness first-hand Everett's magical inaugural season, as well as the success that followed through the franchise's first four seasons.

But the last time Everett actually won anything was 2007, when the Tips won both the U.S. Division title and the Scotty Munro...

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April 22  |  Nick Patterson
Every season I wrap up Everett's season with a series of essays, ruminating on the season that just ended and the one to come. I'm still finishing up with the season-concluding stories for the paper, but as soon as those are done I'll begin the blog series.

Therefore, here's a tentative schedule for the season-ending blog series:



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April 20  |  Nick Patterson
Everett held its exit meetings with its players today. Here's some notes:

- One Everett player's season isn't done yet. Defenseman Ben Betker will be joining the Oklahoma City Barons, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, for their playoff run. Betker, a sixth-round pick by Edmonton in the 2013 NHL draft, signed with the Oilers just as the playoffs were beginning.



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April 19  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

The Tips had one helluva 2014-15 season, but it came to an end Sunday. Everett gave everything it had in this one, responding after falling behind 3-1 and putting on a tremendous push in the the third period. But Portland held on to claim the series 4-1.

Everett really could have folded after Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice in the second period to put Portland ahead 3-1. But credit to the Tips, they stuck with it, got back within...

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April 19  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Wegleitner, Nikolishin, Scherbak, Gerth?

Defensemen: Betker, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Leslie, Davis, Wharrie, Juulsen?

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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April 17  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

This was one the Tips really needed to win. Everett came out much stronger than it did in Game 3, and Portland's top players weren't quite at their best. If ever there was a combination of circumstances where the Tips could win one on the road, this was it.

But for all the quality scoring chances Everett had in the first period -- it was more than the Tips had in the entirety of Game 3, even including the three garbage-time goals...

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April 17  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Mykitiuk, Wegleitner, Nikolishin, Scherbak.

Defensemen: Betker, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Leslie, Davis, Wharrie.

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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April 16  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

This game felt a lot like the Everett-Portland games of yore, when the Winterhawks routinely blew right through the Tips. The Winterhawks controlled play, and when Portland's big offensive guns got going they broke out in a big way. This one wasn't nearly as close as the final score suggests as the Winterhawks outshot the Tips 36-19 and led 5-0 before Everett scored three late ones.

And yet the Tips were two minutes away from...

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April 16  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Leedahl, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Mykitiuk, Nikolishin, Scherbak.

Defensemen: Betker, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Leslie, Davis, Wharrie.

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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April 15  |  Nick Patterson
Everett announced Wednesday it has signed prospect forward Brian King to a WHL education contract.



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April 13  |  Nick Patterson
We're in the middle of the long break between Games 2 and 3 in the second-round playoff series between Everett and Portland, with building conflicts in Portland creating four full off days between Saturday's Game 2 in Everett and Thursday's Game 3 in Portland.

There are several theories about how the unusual long break will affect the teams:



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April 11  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

Another night, another game of multiple overtimes. That's just par for the course for Everett in these playoffs. It's great entertainment, but it makes life complicated for the beat writer.

This was a quality contest that could have gone either way. But inevitably it was Oliver Bjorkstrand who won it for Portland. The Tips kept the league's scoring champion pointless through the first seven periods of the series, but Bjorkstrand...

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April 11  |  Nick Patterson
Note: Line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs.

EVERETT

Forwards: Bajkov, Low, Laurencelle, Bauml, Stadnyk, Fonteyne, Millar, Aasman, Mykitiuk, Wegleitner, Nikolishin, Scherbak.

Defensemen: Betker, Skrumeda, MacDonald, Leslie, Davis, Wharrie.

Goaltenders: Hart, Lotz.


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